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On demand
online course

180 min

14 videos

Starting 1 April 2023

The Beginning of the Avant Gardes


In this short course, you will learn the story of the beginning of modernism in Latin America through the eyes and work of seven incredible artists. Learn the gossip, stories and relationships that made these artists who they are while you study their groundbreaking work in depth. This course, like much of what we do, is focused especially on the work of female artists, whose artistic importance remains to be properly highlighted. We promise that by the end of the course, you will discover a new artist whose work you will absolutely love. 


En este curso corto aprenderás cómo comenzó del modernismo en América Latina a través de los ojos y el trabajo de siete increíbles artistas. Conocerás los chismes, las historias y las relaciones que hicieron de estos artistas lo que son, mientras estudias a profundidad su trabajo. Este curso, como gran parte de lo que hacemos, se centra especialmente en el trabajo de mujeres artistas, cuya importancia artística sigue sin destacarse adecuadamente. Nuestra promesa es que al final del curso encontrarás un nuevo artista cuyo trabajo te va a dejar absolutamente enamorad@.

180 min


14 videos

Included Artists

Tarsila do Amaral

Learn about the woman who devoured European modernism.

Francisco Matto

Learn about one of the first artists who decided to pursue his artistic education by travelling Latin America (instead of Europe) and raising the value of pre-Columbian artistic and intellectual legacies.

Xul Solar

Learn the story of a maker of worlds, who pursued the spiritual, artistic unification of Latin America.

Anita Malfatti

Learn about the first artist who introduced modernism to Brazil, being both criticised and treated as mad whilst also canonised as the banner for the new Modern aesthetic in the country

David Alfaro Siqueiros

Learn about the story of an artist who proposed groundbreaking methods to produce and observe a mural.

Joaquin Torres Garcia

Learn about the artist who turned the map of America on its head to place the attention on the South for the first time!

Aurora Reyes

Learn about the Muralist movement through the eyes of one of the first female muralists in Mexico.

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What our students have to say

Me encanto conocer a Anita y su historia… me encanta ver como las biografías de las personas se entremezclan con sus vidas profesionales y personales. - Naiara

I love seeing how people's biographies intertwine with their professional and personal lives. - Naiara

Me gusto mucho tener las preguntas abajo del video para ir tomando apuntes y procesando la información a medida que vero el video” - Sofia

I really like having the questions below each video, so i can take notes and process the information as i watch along”  - Sofia


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About the lecturer

Daniela Galan

Daniela Galan is the founder and director of Amalgama. She is a registered lecturer at the Arts Society in the United Kingdom and has over 17 years of research in art history and philosophy. She has focused her investigation on artists from Latin America, especially female artists whose work remains underrepresented within the art industry. This was the founding purpose of Amalgama, which led her to curate numerous exhibitions, forums and publications since its inception in 2018.

Prefer learning about individual artists?

Browse our selection of bilingual art history classes of individual Latin American artists